Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Erie Home10/21/2015 Ahead of your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check around your home for areas that may be leaking warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Simply identifying leaks could make a huge difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a relatively quick DIY project that could help you save money season after season. By sealing these leaks, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of anything better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you look for those pesky leaks? The attic. A lot of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to look at: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, permitting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a less comfortable home and a higher utility bill. Don’t forget your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping around your home. Many people overlook them and they can let a considerable amount of heat escape. Any openings into your house. A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors. Look at your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it. Inspect the caulking around all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. It’s easy to use a caulking gun to seal any holes you notice. Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to thwart air from escaping. There are so many ways to make sure you get the most out of your regular furnace service, but following this list will give you a great advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Patterson & Stirling Inc, we can to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you’re ready to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 814-833-5558 or schedule an appointment online.